Chiefs release Matt Cassel

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The Chiefs announced the release of quarterback Matt Cassel on Thursday, multiple media outlets said.  (The club’s official Twitter account retweeted a report from a writer for the club’s website saying Cassel had been cut.)

After a 27-touchdown, seven-interception season for a division-title winning Kansas City club in 2010, Cassel struggled the next two seasons. The Chiefs’ trade for Alex Smith and the signing of Chase Daniel signaled the franchise would be going in a different direction at quarterback in 2013.

Cassel was due to earn a base salary of $7.5 million in 2013.

Cassel, who turns 31 in May, has made 62 career starts; such experience could give him some appeal. The question now is where he lands.

60 responses to “Chiefs release Matt Cassel

  1. I dont know. I think its a bad move. It looks like the Kansas City Chiefs was asking for a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick instead of taken a 6th or 7th round draft pick.

    I can tell you sometimes the Kansas City Chiefs can find way to get greedy.

  2. Was it the Chiefs or was it Cassel? He’ll probably land somewhere, come in on relief and take over the starting job.

  3. Cassel is a good dude and I did enjoy watching him in 2010. Unfortunately, it’s a “win now” league and he wasn’t cutting it. I wish him the best of luck! His K-Swiss commercial with Kenny Powers is classic!

  4. Matt, its the Vikings calling on Line 1.

    Cassel will have a limited number of options to remain in the NFL and given the Viking’s propensity for signing QB’s on the downside of their careers, this seems like the obvious destination.

  5. Maybe Buffalo as a back-up? I really can’t see him starting for anyone. Not unless he gets a complete overhaul and is paired up with a great QB Coach that is willing to work extra hard with him. Placing him as a second or third QB seems like a bigger possibility.

  6. Pats trade Mallett to the Browns for 3rd round & later round pick, maybe a 5, he’s not worth a 1st and the Browns don’t have a second. Bring Cassel back.

  7. I still think he’s not a bad QB…showed that in NE. KC just didn’t have the personnel or coaches. The right situation and I feel he can be successful as he was in NE.

  8. This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.

  9. Another former Patriot who landed on his face. Welkers next. Can any one name any former Patriot players, coaches who have left the Patriots and have done any thing besides loose?

  10. Between him, Kolb and Flynn are teams finally done trading for and signing to giant contracts QBs just because they were the back up on a great team?

  11. I’ll second the no Matt Cassel in Pittsburgh, but Pittsburgh West might make sense. The Cards could really use another sub par QB on their roster.

  12. Wow classless KC fans. Honestly unless this guy was a locker room problem or he talked trash about the city, players, coaches theres no reason to be talking bad about him. Be grateful that he at least took you guys to the playoffs, something yall wouldnt have done with tyler palko, or Brady quinn.

  13. I know this “in the right system” thing is annoying but .. living in the Boston area when he played for the Pat’s (Brady went down in the seasons first game, Pollard’s hit – the Brady rule), Cassel play ed “REAL” good for the Pat’s, a 11-5 record .. they didn’t make playoffs because of a loss to Miami (Pat’s had better records then 3 other teams who did make playoffs because they won their respective divisions) .. So, in the right offense with the offense scheme designed around the strengths of the QB, Cassel is a very good QB .. hell, he proved it his first year in KC .. they won their division .. hope he lands with his feet on the ground .. I could easily find myself rooting for him and success

  14. brownsclown says:
    Mar 14, 2013 11:13 AM
    This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.
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    Clearly not a real Browns fan above.

    I take it as a good sign that there are no serious suggestions here that the Browns sign Cassel.

  15. I think most QBs would have struggled in KC the last couple years. They didn’t have enough quality players around him or good depth from what little of know of the KC roster.

    He’ll be a fine backup somewhere or a decent starter if whatever team he goes to has a good Oline.

  16. As a Chiefs this clearly comes as a relief, but deep down a real part of me believes Cassel can recapture that 27 TD season. There was a game they played at SEA during that season where he looked like freakin’ Montana. Somewhere it can be found again, but he simpley regressed too much for Reid to roll with him again. And quite frankly, for all the slack he gets, Todd Haley should get credit for getting the most out of Cassel (same with Derrick Johnson, whom he sat behind Corey freakin’ Mays for an entire season! )

  17. Cassel is a serviceable QB if you give him time to throw and some good weapons. Pioli never seemed to invest much in the o-line, which is surprising considering how much value the Pats put on it.

  18. If you guys are wanting him as a backup you better hope your #1 dont get hurt, You will be picking first in the draft if so, this guy is horrible, terrible pathetic . good guy but god I havent seen a qb as bad as him in my life …. and I’m a Chiefs fan there has been plenty!

  19. For those thinking Alex Smith is light years better than Cassell needs to get their head examined

  20. Pretty sure the draft picks weren’t the hold up on the Chiefs not finding a trade partner. It was his too large contract that a team would have taken on if they traded for him. He won’t have a problem finding a deal for a couple million to be a backup somewhere.

  21. brownsclown says:
    Mar 14, 2013 11:13 AM
    This provides Mike Lombardturd with a back up plan for the Browns if he cannot get Jamorca Russell out of retirement or Ryan Leaf out of jail.

    For Lombardfart, Cassell is picture perfect. Endorsed by Bellicose, a former Patriot and, at last account, breathing.

    Ahhh, I see what you did there. You took a persons last name and added words like “turd” and “fart” to the end. My god, that is the most well crafted, intelligent thing I’ve ever read! I can only hope you didn’t/don’t reproduce.

  22. as a Chiefs fan i would have been totally fine having Cassel as a backup. He is a Brian Greise type – would come in and do great in a few spot starts (like – REALLY great), but if asked to start upwards of 5 or 6 games, will fall flat on face (in case of Greise – literally).

    BUT – he has been run out of town and totally understand needing to get rid of him (esp for 7.5 mil)

    so long matt

  23. Back to New England……Bill needs an extra draft pick so Mallet is traded for a 5th rounder and Bill reinstalls Cassel as Bradys backup.

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